Geoglossum glutinosum

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Geoglossum glutinosum

14 October 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Tongue like, blade flattened, often grooved lengthwise, surface slimy then dry, black, stem cylindrical, surface slimy, dark brown to black, to about 5 cm high

Flesh

Brittle, blackish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

Unimproved grassland

Microscopic Features

Ascospores long and thin, rod-like, 3-7 septa when mature (60-90) x (4-6) µm2

Edibility

Generally considered as inedible, though there is at least one report of it being consumed with no ill effects. In any case the small size, rarity and unknown toxicity mean that it is best left

Notes

This species cannot be identified without microscopy. This is one of two UK species of Earth Tongue with a slimy surface, the other being G. uliginosum

Additional Photographs

Geoglossum glutinosum

14 October 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Geoglossum glutinosum

14 October 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Geoglossum glutinosum

Ascospore viewed with a x100 immersion objective. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin